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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

Brains and Bodies Award

brains and bodies award logoThe AHA Brains and Bodies Award recognizes schools in Wake County that are creating  a culture of wellness in an ongoing and sustainable way. Utilizing the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s  Healthy Schools Program, schools complete the following 3 assessment modules and an Action Plan for each to be eligible for AHA’s award:

  • School Health & Safety Policies & Environment
  • Physical Education & Other Physical Activity Programs
  • Health Promotion for Staff

Awards are earned based on meeting national best practice standards. Schools also may choose to complete all the modules to seek the Alliance’s national recognition; two schools in Wake County achieved this in the 2016-2017 school year: Lead Mine Elementary and Swift Creek Elementary.

2017-2018 Award

Schools may begin their assessment at any time for this school year at any time and may update the assessment answers repeatedly until the deadline. Completing the assessment early in the school year and defining your Action Plan is recommended; this provides you with the best opportunity to change policies and practices during the school year in order to eligible for an award.

  • Who can apply? Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County
  • Deadline: March 28, 2018, 5 pm (no extensions/no exceptions)
  • Winners Tour: tentatively May 9-10, 2018; AHA will visit winning schools to present banners
  • How to Apply:
    New applicants:
  1. Register/log in here, search for your school (or add it if needed) and add yourself as a “Team Member”
  2. Complete the assessment for the 3 modules noted above and add items to the Action Plan if prompted to do so. You may update your answers multiple times over the course of the school year. The application is final as of the 2017 deadline for consideration of AHA’s award.Previous applicants:
    1. Log in here.
    2. Choose “Schools” under Take Action tab.
    3. Search for your school.
    4. Review your school’s answers in the 3 modules–has anything changed (either improved or declined)?
    5. Change answers as appropriate for the current 2017-2018 school year. All 3 modules must be updated during the current school year by the deadline in order to be eligible for award consideration.

Hunter Elementary in Raleigh won the Gold level Brains and Bodies Award in 2016 as well as the Sneakers and Spokes Award.

Award Winners

Other AHA Recognition for Schools

Brains and Bodies Workshops

AHA has held a number of workshops in the past to provide knowledge and resources to create a healthier school environment and enforce the local wellness policy at little or no cost. Workshops provide practical tools and solutions and a way for parents and educators to connect.
Utilize these resources from past workshops.

Less than 15% of school children walk or bike to school, but walking one mile to and from school each day is 2/3rds of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

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